Wild Card filename references in formulas

spb

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Is there a way to wild card file name references in formulas to make it easier to duplicate formulas between like categories. I have data from several regions. I have the regions copy their data to a central file share with the following filename format, NE Data.xls, SE Data.xls, etc. I have formulas that refer to these files but when I update the formulas I have to update each file name ref individually as I copy the updated formulas across the region fields they are placed in. Can you wild card the beginning of the file name so when I update one set of formulas I can just copy them in each set of related region fileds and be done with it? The data is identified within each file as with a field that the formula looks at.
I think this may slow formula updates down since now the formulas will be looking at 10 files and not just one. Would it screw up my links?
 

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GlennUK

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No, you can't have wildcard characters in filenames in links. It will not be looking at 10 files, it will just fail.

If you copy a set of formulae with a particular embedded filename, and want the copy to have a different embedded filename, just select the copied cells and do an Edit/replace for the filename. It sound like you'd only have do that 9 times to set the whole thing up.
 

spb

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Thanks Glenn. That's what I've been doing but I'm always looking to make things even simpler. I appreciate the insight.
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